parties abound. There are office functions. Decked-out
fundraisers. Seasonal soirees. New Yearís bashes.
get the invite. You R.S.V.P. Now comes the impossible
task of decoding the dress code. Interpreting attire
suggestions during the holiday season can be tricky,
thanks to clever Pinterest-inspired themes like
"Denim to Diamonds" and "Margaritas Under
the Mistletoe." As if "festive attire"
wasnít confusing enough.
the seasonís party invites leave you scratching your
head, fret no more. Our holiday-party lookbook has you
covered ó from a casual night out to a dressed-up
appropriate, business attire, workplace casual)
your inner Ellen Griswold for a look thatís
unmistakably festive, but modest. Donít wear short
hemlines or show too much skin. Do dress up your
everyday office wear with something unexpected.
button-up ($98) and green skirt ($108), Primrose Park,
www.primroseparkmpls.com; Jerome Dreyfuss fur pouch
($495), www.barneys.com; Kate Spade shoes ($163),
Nordstrom; watch ($225), Kate Spade; earrings ($17.95),
anything goes, chic and casual)
wearing dresses? This partyís for you. Keep it casual
for family and friend gatherings with jeans, leather or
sequin pants. Donít be lazy and resort to your
favorite yoga pants. Do dress up a comfortable look with
leggings ($158), Rudsak Yuki cold weather booties
($295), quilted sweatshirt ($49.50), Ralph Lauren gloves
($58), all from Macyís; plaid shirt ($29.95) and
necklace ($12.95), H&M.
cocktail, semiformal, after-five)
is your chance to dazzle. Donít wear something that
makes you feel uncomfortable. Do take a fashion risk ó
itís the holidays and no one will think twice.
sequin dress ($157), Primrose Park,
www.primroseparkmpls.com; pink faux fur coat ($59.95),
H&M; shoes ($350) and champagne bag ($28), Kate
black tie, dress to impress)
occasion calls for your most glamorous dress (long or
short) and most impressive jewelry (think big). Donít
pass on the invitation because you donít have anything
to wear. Do save money by using a dress rental service
like Rent the Runway.
Reese dress ($75 rental, $428 retail), Rent the Runway;
Kate Spade shoes ($398); leather gloves ($175), Pumpz
and Co., pumpzco.com; necklace ($24.95), H&M.